I live in a relatively remote part of s.w. Virginia. Our county has about 10
thousand citizens. Part of our local culture consists of folks who live
in intentional communities. I often seen children with tie-dyed clothing
in the streets and shops. The reason for my atomoshperic start is to indicate
that many of the people who lead the so-called alternative life style express
an interest in things Celtic, especially things Irish. This comes up
when I chat about my interests in Ireland and my time there.
I not attracted to their attraction for Celtic cultures, Druidism, and the
like. I usually discover that their interests are not based on any
study of the earlier [and present] societies of those islands. They confuse
celtic artifacts [burial sites] with the pre-celtic ones; they assume
a great deal more about these earlier systems than is indeed presently
know by archeologists and linguists. They assume a synchronism that
is not possible to prose. And at the end of the day, I feel that their
very sincere interests are a plea for a simple answer in s simple
cosmos. The U.S.in native American cultures smacks of the same.
It might be more spiritually productive and possible to work at discovering
what our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents believed. Certainly
this study would bring us out of our immediate culture, immediate time
and place. It might provide values for us to use as well - or values
which we can play against and with our own time and place.
cordially enjoying the discourse on druids